Month: July 2019

3 Ways Young Pastors Can Survive Ageism

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A few years ago, I was meeting with a family on a Sunday morning to prepare for a baptism. The entire family—parents, children, and a few extended family members—gathered in my office. I introduced myself, led the family in prayer, then explained how we’d do the baptism. After we’d discussed everything, I asked if anyone had any questions.

Grandma raised her hand and asked: “So, when is the pastor coming?” She figured there was no possible way I could be the pastor; I was too young.

I’d like to say her question didn’t bother me, but that’s not entirely true. At the very least, I haven’t forgotten that interaction. It caused me to question my validity and ability as a young pastor. Am I too young for this? Am I fully prepared to do all that is required of me in the pastoral ministry? Do I possess any substantive wisdom…

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Everyday Habits of Holiness

Originally posted on Living Our Days:
The insistent tone of my cell phone’s timer carried through floorboards to our basement schoolroom–another call to prayer unanswered. I sighed, turned the page, and continued with my sixth-grader in a lesson on fractions. I had been reading about…

Christian Man Wins Appeal After Being Thrown Out of UK University for Facebook Post Expressing Biblical Views Against Homosexuality

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Felix Ngole said his rights to freedom of speech and thought were breached when he was thrown off the Sheffield University course.
Photograph: Christian Concern/PA

A devout Christian thrown off a university social work course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about gay and bisexual people on Facebook has won the latest round of a legal battle.

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Genuine Christian Transformation

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NASB)

Despite the fact that the unregenerate refuse to accept what I am about to say as being true, it does not change the fact that it is the truth. The true Christian walk is one of faith that results in faithfulness while the counterfeit or false Christian walk is one of works righteousness that results in a pragmatic form of religious works meant to counter failures of the flesh. The true Christian will be on a path of continual, progressive transformation unto Christlikeness that will result in God using him or her in doing His good works (Ephesians 2:10). On the other hand, the false Christian, not…

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July 1 Freedom from Sin

Truth2Freedom's Blog

Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:8–18

Key Verse: Psalm 25:18

Look on my affliction and my pain,

And forgive all my sins.

Sometimes the sin in our hearts clutches us so tightly that we wonder if anyone sees the pain on our faces. We wonder if we must always mask the darkness beneath the surface. Despite confessing that our hope is in Jesus Christ, a sense of hopelessness can breed within us. But God wants to shatter the bondage of sin and shame into which our lives may have fallen.

We must take the first step in going to Him and asking Him to free us from the sin in our lives. Oftentimes, we fear going to God with our sins because we misunderstand the heart of our heavenly Father. He doesn’t backhand us—He opens His hands to receive us back into His arms. No matter what particular sin we have committed…

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